The Brit Butt 'Ride to Eat 2007' And what a weekend it was...

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The Date....       3rd March  07
The day.....        Saturday
The Location..   The Avalon
                           Whitley Bay

Waiting for the off

32 people attended the first ever Iron Butt UK Ride to Eat and what a great time everyone had.

The event started with several presentations in the main bar at the Avalon Hotel

After a brief introduction and welcome by myself, Dave Badcock led proceedings providing an awe inspiring look at not only what he had done, but what he was intending to do in the future which includes a SS2000 incorporating an E2E Gold run with at least 10 other riders in June, and on a trip to America, an Ultimate Coast to Coast to Coast. The assembled group sat mesmerised by Dave's outlook on his riding and plans for the future

Next up was Nick from Wildside Adrenalin Sports who spoke about the World Famous Cannonball Bike Run, which he organises and runs. A DVD show highlighted the popularity of his annual event, which now sees the introduction of a CBR Black event run over a weekend

Last but by no means least and well worth the wait was Irelands Iron Butt Rally entrants Michael and Chris who astounded the audience with their exploits and knowledge. Questions were fired to and from the audience with their presentation being so good it was after 7pm when we called it a day. They left everyone on the end of their seats and wanting to ride. Maybe not an Iron Butt Rally butt certainly an Iron Butt Ride of some sorts

We then had a beer or two and some food with the networking being carried out by everyone. It was great to see Colin from the Scottish Rally in attendance and I hope you managed to get out some of your flyers

Sadly there wasn’t enough time to get round everyone, so apologies if I missed you

I personally thoroughly enjoyed the event and thought it well worth while doing. The feedback I had was excellent

One idea that came out was the possibility of doing a mass SaddleSore 1000 over the weekend of 2nd June, same weekend as Dave's 2000 E2E ride. My idea is for everyone to start and end at their own home, plan and do their own route but start and end at roughly the same time. Can you imagine dozens of IBA riders criss crossing the country all doing their own 1000. Fantastic stuff.

We may even beat the current SS1000 record of riders, which I think may stand at 21 at any one time (I will check with Mike Kneebone)

If you are interested in what I will call 'The Insanity Weekend' then drop me a line with an outline route

I will definitely get the Biker mags involved in this one

If you didn’t make the R2E then don’t worry, I have a feeling there may be others


If you were there and have any comments or photographs you would like to share then please drop me a line



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The Avalon Hotel

Nick from the CannonBall Run

Deep in concentration listening to the Rally Teams Presentation

Michael Taylor, Roger Allen and Chris McGaffin

The quiet before the storm